Councillors will discuss controversial plans to bring in a £9-a-day parking charge in Mull today.
Argyll and Bute Council want to introduce the charge at ferry terminals and in the main town of Tobermory.
Thousands of people have signed a petition against the proposals, with about 400 e-mails also sent in objections – arguing free parking at the terminal is necessary to the fragile island economy.
Mull councillor Mary-Jean Devon said she had listened to the concerns of her constituents and would consider the case made by officers before making a decision at committee.
Mrs Devon, a resident of Tobermory, said: “My job is to represent the interests of the people of Mull, Iona and Ulva.
” A very strong case against the introduction of parking throughout the island has been put forward, and I understand there will be a good turn-out from islanders at the meeting to show their strength of feeling.
“I look forward to hearing the argument for introducing the traffic regulation officers (TRO) from officers.”
Anne Fraser is from Tobermory Harbour Association, based at Ledaig car park where fees will be introduced.
She said: “We have objected to the TRO on the grounds that there has been no community impact assessment.
“Also the restrictions on larger vehicles in the car park will cut off access to the harbour, which will impede harbour operations such as fishing and emergency services such as the coastguard.
“It is our understanding that a TRO for on-street parking in Tobermory will be tabled for a later date, however in the meantime, displacement issues will cause chaos in what is an already over saturated main street in the summer months.
“Tobermory Harbour Association is happy to work with the council and others to achieve a full traffic management plan for Tobermory.”
Argyll and Bute Council has offered an annual parking permit to islanders with a 60% reduction in cost. It also said that officers have engaged with the Scottish Government regarding the impact of the parking.